We got up early in the morning on Sunday and went to the Mesa Market. Several people in the park thought we might enjoy wandering through the place so we left Honey in the trailer and headed up so we could be there shortly after they opened at seven o’clock. I was surprised at how many people were there on a Sunday morning that early. The market consist of multiple rows of tents, covering the middle of a very large parking lot. We started at one end and walked down a long row, turned the corner and walked down another long row. This happens four times before you see the whole complex. It reminded us, somewhat, of a trip to the Puyallup fair and all the people selling all kinds of stuff in the buildings. There were cell phone accessories, kitchen gadgets, yard art, home art, ladies clothes, purses and handbags, wallets, furniture, tools (really cheap ones), popcorn vendors, golf cart sales, disability cart sales, an RV shop with a limited supply of items, Arizona t-shirts and sweatshirts and much, much more. There was even a cookware demonstration. Many items appeared more than once during out trip around the complex.
We spent about two and a half hours before we left the head home via a cheap breakfast at the local Taco Bell. We had no other plans for the day. When we got home Honey was very happy to see us and we noted the outside temperature seemed a little warmer than Saturday. We weren’t wrong. By one o’clock in the afternoon we had a temperature of ninety-three degees inside the trailer. I decided to seek some relief and we got in the truck, turned on the AC and took a slow drive to Casa Grande where we found some water bottles with fans that you can spray yourself with to help with the heat. When we got home we used them as we now noted the temperature was ninety-six degrees in the trailer. It was two thirty o’clock so we dressed, turned a fan on for Honey and headed down to the pool.
I guess we were in the pool for about an hour when the gal that owns the place came to the gate and asked if any of us had pets in our trailers. Seems they had completely lost power to the park and everything had shut down. They were calling the local power company but weren’t expecting any miracles since it was Sunday. Frankie’s Chuckwagon would operate in the dark but since they have and outside, wood fired grille there was no need to worry about the restaurant. We came back to the trailer to check on Honey and disconnect the trailer from the power and wait. It was getting really uncomfortable. I didn’t check the temperature but I am willing to bet it was a couple of degrees hotter inside the trailer. We sat outside under the awing with Honey and fixed hot dogs on the outside grille for dinner.
Some of the folks that were in the pool with us were going to get together for a fire at their place. We sat with three other couples and talked about all kinds of stuff, some serious and some just nutty. We stayed until nine-thirty, ate popcorn our host made and had a really good time. When we came home it was hot and still no power. We spritzed ourselves with our newly purchased water bottles and attempted to lay down to go to sleep. I could not sleep even as tired as I was. I sat up and noticed the lights were on at the main building so I dressed and went outside to hook the trailer back up via my surge protector. The protector makes you wait 128 seconds while it measures the voltage coming from the line and if everything is with the parameters set in the protector it turns the power on to the trailer. It must have been around ten-thirty when the power came on and I went inside to turn on the AC and finally cool the trailer some.
I finally got to sleep but it was very restless. The low temperature last night was in the seventies and it made for some hot sleeping. I got up at five-thirty, showered and sat down to right this blog post. We are leaving after breakfast to go up to Kitt Peak which is a National Observatory, ninety miles outside of Tucson. We have been told the temperature there can be twenty degrees less that Tucson so it could be more like a Seattle summer day. The temperature here is supposed to rise to ninety three today and slowly start to bleed off into the upper eighties for the remainder of the week.
I made a reservation Saturday for a park in Camp Verde, Arizona. It will be our central location from April 1 until April 9th. We plan to visit as much of the area around Flagstaff as possible from this location. I still haven’t decided if we will continue up to Utah or go east to New Mexico. Whatever we do, I hope to escape the super hot weather at least for a while.
Hope all is well and thanks for visiting.